• Mike Gahagan

Town go down in epic cup tie.

Stotfold 3: Amersham Town 2.

SSML Division One cup, quarter final.

This was a good old fashioned cup tie with both sides going for the win and no quarter asked or given. Amersham were unlucky to lose, having led from the eighth to the eighty fourth minute against promotion chasing Stotfold but three Stotfold goals in the last seven minutes settled the tie.

Town’s lead resulted from a poor back pass. As the Amersham attack powered forward Liam Gooch in the Stotfold goal pulled back the Amersham player for a clear penalty. Tom Littleboy converted the penalty with aplomb.

The remainder of the half was dominated by defences on both sides. Amersham pressed hard and were always looking for the quick break while Stotfold played the balls to the wings with Owen Robertson always dangerous. It was Amersham, however, who came closest when Alec Wallace beat his defender and put over a low cross which Reon Thomas just failed to convert.

As the second half progressed the play became more open. Amersham continued to press the man with the ball and allowed Stotfold little space. Tristan Thomas in the Amersham goal had to be alert, however, on forty nine minutes to palm wide a fierce shot from Robbie Buchanan.

With six minutes of time remaining and the subs from both sides taking the field the complexion of the match changed completely. First Amersham’s Harry Andrews just failed to meet a thought ball which was slipped forward immediately by Stotfold to Kieran Barnes who cut in from the left and beat Thomas with a low shot to equalise. One minute later Amersham regained the lead. Amersham pressed the ball in midfield and slipped it forward to Josh Johnson who dummied his defender and shot past Gooch. The lead lasted only two minutes as Barnes was on hand again to bundle the home the equaliser from a cross from the left. The winning goal, in the first minute of added time, was from a corner on the Stotfold right headed home by Luke Gregson. It was tough for Amersham to bear but they can take great confidence from their overall display.

Amersham Town: Thomas, Aldridge, Mistretta, Hagan, Symons, Wilson-Reynolds, Al-Murtada, Grant, Thomas, Littleboy, Wallace. Subs: Rodney, Clarke, Madeinlo, Johnson, Andrews.

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